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    [QUOTE=Cavielove;71866]A bit of a concern here that some specialists are advising people "not to worry as they would expect to see these things" in scanned Cavaliers .

    In Megs case she was MRI'd for a totally different reason. She has never - yet - displayed ANY signs of SM. At present we have enough to worry about and I think the specialist was merely trying to reassure us. We could pin point the exact moment when her back problem started. Were she ever to start showing any sign of discomfort in the future we would have no hesitation in taking her back to be re assessed.
    Stephanie.....and two little ladies.

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    [QUOTE=Itsonlyme;71872]
    Quote Originally Posted by Cavielove View Post
    A bit of a concern here that some specialists are advising people "not to worry as they would expect to see these things" in scanned Cavaliers .

    In Megs case she was MRI'd for a totally different reason. She has never - yet - displayed ANY signs of SM. At present we have enough to worry about and I think the specialist was merely trying to reassure us. We could pin point the exact moment when her back problem started. Were she ever to start showing any sign of discomfort in the future we would have no hesitation in taking her back to be re assessed.
    Absolutely agree 100% Itsonlyme.

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    A question please Itsonlyme. I appreciate Megs' current situation is as a result of an accident, but you mention you can pinpoint when her back problem started. I assume by that she's had an ongoing problem. One of Rosie's current issues is on occasions she doesn't seem to want to put her left hind leg on the ground when she jumps down from a step, normally after a long walk. This could also explain the one and only collapsing episode a month ago. Having spoken to our vet this evening following her and us receiving the neurologists report our vet is prescribing anti inflammatorys for Rosie's leg to see if that alleviates the problem, and medication for her House Dust mite allergy. It's possible that due to the amount of running in woods that Rosie does, she's possibly pulled or strained something, but equally from what the neurologist said to us that CKCS are predisposed to disc extrusions, that could also be the problem. How did Megs back problem show up initially, and is it linked to her leg problem please?. Thanks for any advice you can give.
    Charles

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    Nutmeg ( Megs) has been doing agility for years and never had any back problems. This current situation was after jumping down from the sofa ( full story in "Other Health Problems' section). Presumably she managed to damage the disc/ spinal chord then which resulted in the limb's numbness. She has been restricted to very short lead walks and almost total rest (the specialist did suggest crate rest ) for three (LONG) weeks and is only now improving gradually.
    Stephanie.....and two little ladies.

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    Just a word on the diet. I think it's very important to feed them anti-inflammatory diet, especially if SM is suspected as from what I read SM can be worsen by inflammation. There are 3 dietary factors that cause/fuel inflammation: sugars, gluten and chemicals. Sugar is not only a pure sugar we put in our tea or coffee but also starch which is a sugar from starchy veggies such as wheat, corn, rice, potato, sweet potato, barley ect. Those veggies has very high glycemic index of 80-85. It means that if you eat pure glucose, the glucose will spike your sugar in the blood to the level of 100. If you eat rice, wheat or potato, it will spike your sugar to 85. That sugar goes to organs and blood vessels and especially to brain and creates serious inflammation. The dog food (yours have 40% of rice) is full of it. Then you add oats (still high in sugar but less processed) and Purina biscuits (which I'm sure are 90-95% wheat) and your dog eats mostly sugar. Then take into account that wheat has gluten which is another very strong inflammation agent.
    Greetings from Joanna & Maxi, Zoe & Arabella (Kissabella)

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